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The Trump administration, the far-right and world politics

Parmar, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-8688-9020 & Furse, T. (2021). The Trump administration, the far-right and world politics. Globalizations, doi: 10.1080/14747731.2021.1991660


We contend that the Trump administration mainstreamed far-right politics through its foreign policy on China, the World Health Organization and its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Gramscian-Kautskyian theoretical perspective concentrates on elite power, class, and interconnections between advanced global capitalism and domestic inequality. We show that the administration amplified US far-right Sinophobia even as it deepened connections between US and Chinese corporate elites. Its foreign policy strategy attempted to appease transnational capitalist objectives through ‘ultra-imperialism' and draw on far-right ideas to shore up its domestic support base. But the administration, much like previous ones, attempted to make China a subordinate ‘responsible stakeholder’ through integrating and pressuring it in the Liberal International Order. The Gramscian-Kautskyian approach highlights that Sino–US relations are a mix of security and economic competition and interdependency. Over all, we argue that the Trump administration was not such a threat to the establishment as commonly contended.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalizations on 23 Nov 2021, available online: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The article has been published by Taylor & Francis in Globalizations on 23 Nov 2021, available online:
Publisher Keywords: United States, China, far-right, Trump administration, WHO
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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